Canada and the United States have already pledged to stop selling fossil-fuel-powered vehicles by 2035, and now European lawmakers are backing a similar plan for the continent, which includes not only standard diesel and petrol, but also e-fuels. We will.
According to Reuters, the European Parliament’s Environment Committee has backed a proposal to reduce emissions by 100% by 2035, effectively banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars.
The proposal was raised by the European Commission in July 2021 as part of the continent’s net zero emissions plan by 2050, on the grounds that vehicles typically run after 10 to 15 years of road construction.
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The committee did not support the proposal to tighten car CO2 emissions targets by the end of the decade, which could be 55% lower than the 2021 level by 2030. The proposal would probably have been watered down by 2035.
The European Parliament will vote on the proposal in the coming months, with details to be provided if / when it becomes law. About 25% of CO2 emissions in Europe come from transportation, which means that the shift to electric vehicles will provide a significant reduction.
E-fuel is no exception
It turns out that there will be no exceptions to the rule of climate-neutral e-fuels. According to the German publication “Handelsblatt”, a compromise proposal from France, which currently holds the presidency of the Council, is no exception to the switch to electric vehicles.
Porsche has been working on an e-fuel for several years, but the new proposal, despite being carbon-neutral, will not allow the technology to be a boon for 100% emissions reduction.
The proposal received pushback from Italy, the home of Ferrari and Lamborghini, and thus the fire-briefing ICE machine. The country initially hoped for some shortcomings for small supply manufacturers but eventually went ahead with the plan. France fought for the elimination of hybrid vehicles, but the reduction in light emissions from those vehicles probably meant they would not be allowed.
Many automakers have already jumped on the bandwagon and announced that they will be completely emission-free by 2035, but without worrying that a supporting charging network is the key to EV’s success.